The Enigma of Arrival by V. S. Naipaul

The novel is a semi-autobiographical work that explores the life of an unnamed protagonist who migrates from the Caribbean to rural England. As he grapples with feelings of alienation and displacement, he undergoes a profound personal transformation. He observes the slow decay of the English countryside and the changing lives of those around him, which mirror his own internal changes. The narrative is a complex exploration of themes such as identity, belonging, and the passage of time.

The 2967th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 150

Since this book was first published in 1987, there is a penalty of 20.8%. The age adjusted score is 118.8.

This is to prevent newer books from reaching super high on the ranked list of the greatest books of all time. The greatest books should also stand the test of time.